Public awareness programmes vital in push to detect cancers
Last week, the Viet Nam News asked readers how information on cancer and other health issues should be presented. We also asked how to lower fatalities from cancer. The opinions we received included:
Tom Yoshida, American
Cancer is probably the most dreaded word where health is concerned. It is often considered a death disease which causes pain and ill health.
It is associated with high expenses for hospitalisation and medication, which can drain families and personal resources. This is particularly true of people aged 50 plus. It seems cancer affects almost everyone. Generally, people know of someone with cancer. People can be reluctant to visit their doctor for fear of being diagnosed and have to face the consequent economic considerations.
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